Cedar

1. The name often given for the type of wood that is used to make most cigar boxes and humidors. Spanish cedar is used—not red or aromatic cedar—and the word is a marketing name for cedrela, a tree that belongs to the mahogany family. It grows throughout the tropics and is not a true cedar. It’s quite different from red or aromatic cedar, which should never be used in humidors or cigar boxes.

2. A type of flavor commonly associated with cigars. Cigars are aged in Spanish cedar lined aging rooms, or in Spanish cedar boxes, and sometimes come wrapped with a thin strip of Spanish cedar. The associated aromas and flavors are described as cedary.